It is super easy and doubles for a Christmas cake with very little tweaking. Sherry is my secret weapon for making anything smell and taste like Christmas... I bought some at the local bottle shop recently and joked with the shop owner that I had had such a bad day I was going to polish the lot off. She laughed and said I had more expensive taste than that....! I am choosing to see this as a Good Thing.
You just need these ingredients.
|Cake Ingredients and Sherry|
- 3 cups mixed fruit (can be any type of mixed fruit, some chopped glace fruit makes it more Christmassy)
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 1 teaspoon of carb soda
- 2 teaspoons of mixed spice
- 1 cup of walnuts, almonds or combination of the two
- 1 cup of water (or half a cup of water and half of sherry/whiskey etc for boozy Christmassy version)
- 1/2 cup of plain flour
- 1 and a 1/2 cups of self raising flour
- 2 eggs
It is super easy to make. I just bring everything except the eggs and the flour to boil in a big pot.
|Ingredients in pot, smelling all spicy and sherrylike|
Once it has all boiled, I just remove it from the stovetop and let it cool for 10 minutes or so. Them mix in the flours first and then the eggs.
I then put it in a fully lined cake tin and bake it for about an hour. In a moderate oven. Which I try to remember to preheat.
I decorate the top before I bake it too. You can do what you like but I think almonds and glace cherries look good. They taste yummy too.
I am not very artistic. I am sure most people could do something a bit classier with the almonds and the cherries than the above. They could probably even centre the design properly.
So there you go - an excellent nanna-style fruitcake for Christmas. Just don't get too excited with that sherry...